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February 4, 2011

Ramen Music #3 Cover

My friend Sudara's newest creative endeavor Ramen Music is still going strong.  He is currently paying musicians $150 for new tracks, which he groups together into "issues" which are then available for download to paying subscribers.  Anyone can listen to the music for free, streaming online.  The more subscribers he gets, the more he pays for each track.  Needless to say, this is one of the coolest distribution models for music in use today.  No one's getting screwed over, and it is a great chance to hear some original music.

Above and beyond all that, each issue is also beautifully designed.  There is a cover image (I drew the image for issue one, remember?) and then Sudara and his team design a sort of digital music player/interactive liner note webpage which is extremely pleasant to scroll through / read / listen to.  Here is the link for Ramen Music Issue One, if you want to go experience it.

The cover for Ramen Music Issue Two was done by the incredibly talented Lisa Hanawalt, and then the cover for Ramen Music Issue Three (which just came out today!) was done by yours truly.  The theme for this issue was Beats, Drums and Rhythms, so this six-sticked, drumming octopus seemed appropriate:

I really can't recommend this music enough.  You really should go give it a listen!  And if you are a musician, Ramen Music is looking for new tracks for the next issue, so you should send them your stuff!

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